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Solanum muricatum

Pepino is a member of the Solanum family. Its botanical name is Solanum muricatum. The scientific name epithet muricatum means 'covered wiith short, hard points'.

The pepino is a small shrub that grows to around 1 m tall and wide. It is somewhat frost tender but can be overwintered in a temperate climate if planted next to a house or wall, or just covered at night.
The fruit is a slightly sweet fruit with few seeds and is eaten like a melon. It it usually yellow with purple stripes but some other colored varieties exist.

It is an edible fruit / vegetable and is treated mainly as an annual/perennial, so it can grow either as a single season or multiple season plant. Pepino normally grows to a shrubby habit with a max height of 3.25 feet (that's 1.00 metres metric). This plant tends to mature and be ready for harvest in mid summer.

Pepino is normally fairly low maintenance and quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.

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How to grow Pepino

  • Partial Sun

  • Medium

This plant is easy to grow – just treat it like a tomato. It also grows easily from cuttings.

Position in a partial sun location and remember to water moderately. Pepino is generally regarded as a half hardy plant, so although it can survive a small mild cold snap, it is wise to ensure that this plant is protected from frost damage.

See our list of companion Plants for Pepino to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Pepino from seed

Start indoors eight weeks before last frost date. Handle as you would an eggplant seedling.

For optimal germination, soil temperature should be a minimum of 12°C / 54°F.

Transplanting Pepino

Pepino is half hardy, so ensure you wait until all danger of frost has passed in your area before considering planting outside - as a guideline, the minimum temperature outside should be approximately 5°C / 41°F.

Harvesting Pepino

Pick the fruit when fully colored and slightly soft.

Common Pepino problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Pepino plants:

Anything that attacks tomatoes

Other names for Pepino

Pepino melon, Pepino dulce, Melon pear

Pepino care instructions

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